Adam conducts an extensive pre-event interview to ensure that his story speaks authentically to each unique audience as well as fit within the broader context of conferences and events. He works closely with his team to craft an authentic message that reinforces the best organizational goals, interests and cultures
How to Empower Drive, Engagement and Growth: Why Our Fear of Failure Fails Us We’ve got the balance wrong. A healthy fear of failure is essential. It reminds us of our accountability and emboldens the threat of consequence. But excessive emphasis on failure can paralyze productivity and stop us from achieving our best work. Risk aversion, inner-resistance, self-sabotage, procrastination, anxiety and perfectionism are all signs that we hold an unhealthy fear of failure. Successful teams and organizations require a healthy relationship with failure. Too much fear – or too little – signals future disaster. Managing your fear of failure effectively allows for individual authenticity and reclaimed confidence. And we need both for sustained success and performance. It’s time to reframe our fear of failure.
Inches: Creating and Sustaining Peak Performance: It’s not Sexy and it’s True: Slow and Steady Separates the Best from the Rest At the Beijing Olympic Games, my team’s goal was to gain one inch over our competition with every stroke. We won Olympic Gold by just over one second—or 220 inches. That’s one inch for every stroke. The inches add up. The same is true in business, entrepreneurship, career and life: quick fixes do not drive excellence. Too often, we race for quick fix solutions, clinging to claims of easy success: “If only we could fail faster, schedule smarter or work harder”. We maintain unsuccessful strategies at all costs to evade slowing down, re-strategizing and regaining our focus. The truth is, it takes focus and consistency to establish effective habits. We achieve peak performance when we prioritize the inches: powerful habits, strategies and tools that drive results. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over again and expecting a different result. It’s time to take time. Step back and implement the inches that will create and sustain peak performance.
Strong Teams, Shared Leadership: Strengthen team culture, improve communication and energize staff An incredible power is released when we work effectively together. When teams function optimally, they can be excellent tools to ensure resiliency, manage risk, and maximize achievement. When the whirlwind takes over, busyness gains priority and stress levels run high. In a fast-paced environment, we often let communication and team dynamics suffer, and the costs are significant. Strong team culture is essential to sustain success. How can we foster authentic and lasting team culture? Reunite your team under a higher goal. Embolden the professionals on your teams to lead from within. Adam combines inspiring stories with an interactive presentation to share the concept of Shared Leadership with teams across sectors.
Manage Change and Overcome Obstacles: A Healthy Dose of Inspiration, Entertainment, and Education Stress, change and perceived obstacles can help us when we use them as intended: to motivate action. Failure in the mid-Atlantic? A crippling back injury months before the Olympic Games? Volatile markets while building a business? I’ve been there and will share my first-hand experience overcoming adversity. It’s time to hit the refresh button and boost your energy. I believe that we can use my story to empower your team to navigate current and future uncertainty with confidence. My narratives are compelling and supported by relevant research, which enables me to effectively teach key lessons of high performance that apply to shifting work environments. Participants will gain my best practices for managing change, and the tools that are necessary for consistent self-improvement. With the right tools, we can transition from current practices to future desired states. We can act as professionals and adopt an ethic of positive realism to all areas of life.
*Free optional offering with a keynote or workshop booking: Conference Fitness Program
Join Adam for a fun and invigorating early morning fitness session at your next conference. All abilities welcome and encouraged to attend! At no additional cost, we offer all keynote clients the option of booking Adam to lead a pre-breakfast outdoor fitness session. This option is guaranteed to refresh, energize and kick off the conference day for all. Most importantly, this session is all inclusive: all age, all body shapes, all fitness levels are welcome. If the only people who show up are the three exercise freaks training for their next seven marathons, Adam will sweep the halls knocking on room doors. He looks forward to meeting the mother of four who hasn’t put on her running shoes in three years, and the manager who knows his beer gut needs to shrink. Get out of bed and get moving: 6:29 am, rain or shine.
Adam’s outdoor fitness session is inspired by his local November Project. Adam will provide participants with fun, motivation and exercise that will renew energy, increase confidence and be the best start to your conference day.